Lately the bands have not been ideal and with some "reno" jobs on the go lately my operating time has been greatly reduced. I sat down this evening for 30 minutes and tried for a few contacts. I don't often get contacts in South or Central America due to the orientation of my fan dipole. This evening, however I was able to catch YN5SU in Nicaragua on 17M with just 1 watt off the end of my dipole. That's 2400 Miles Per Watt. I looked back in my log as I didn't think I had a contact in Nicaragua yet. Turns out I had YN5SU in my log from 2013. I always appreciate it when OPS QRS for me as it makes for a much more enjoyable QSO however brief it may be.
Following that I thought I'd try for some QRPp action. I was able to get Mark N8ME on 30M in Ohio with 500mW and to make it even better, he was QRP at 4W. I really enjoy a good 2x QRP QSO...especially when I can be QRPp.
I got my fix.